September 17-18 2018, the APRC’s Rati Kochlamazashvili and Pati Mamardashvili conducted a training exercise for Civil Society Organizations (CSO) running Social Enterprises (SE) in value chain analysis and development.

In the recent years, SE development in Georgia has been supported by various organizations, including the Europe Foundation (EPF). The biggest challenge of currently-operating SEs in Georgia is a lack of entrepreneurial thinking and related activities. This seriously hinders their development; most SEs continue to depend on external funding and are far from achieving long-term sustainability.

In the framework of the capacity-building program for SEs, the EPF contracted APRC researchers to conduct a two-day training program in value chain analysis. A total of 25 representatives of SEs operating in different sectors (agriculture, manufacturing, services) in Georgia attended the training, which was held at the Holiday Inn hotel in Tbilisi.

ISET Policy Institute collaborated with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) starts a training course about integrating ecosystem services into local development planning.

Integrating Ecosystem Services into Local Development Planning is a piloting program which will be held for two local self-governing bodies – Akhmeta municipality and Dedoplistskaro municipality. The training consists of two modules: an introductory (3 full day training) and advanced (4 full day training) modules. Training program aims to improve the capacity of local authorities to identify and deal successfully with the trade-offs between social, economic, and environmental aspects arising from the implementation local development strategies.

ISET-PI trains Competition Agency of Georgia Staff in the basics of econometrics and STATA. The objective of the training is to strengthen the capacity of the Competition Agency staff to use STATA to conduct independent data analysis, run OLS regressions and interpret robust results.

Starting from the data entry, the course introduces ways of running various operations, including operations on variables.

The course is divided in two main parts: in the Introductory part participants are introduced with the principles of the software and basic commands to manage software; in the more advanced part participants are introduced to basics of econometrics starting from hypothesis testing using the software and Ordinary Leas Squares regression (OLS) analyses.

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